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Overflowing Poetry Workshops are seven-week long online workshops designed to activate new ways of reading, writing, and engaging others in dialogue about poetry and poetics. Workshops emphasize experiment, surprise, openness, and embodiment, and are thus appropriate for participants at all levels.
Each week, participants will submit poem(s) for consideration, and we will discuss each work during a group videoconference a few days later. During these 2.5 hour-long discussions, we must be critical yet understanding of the work presented, keeping in mind an emphasis on finding ways to help each participant craft the poem(s) they want to see in the world.
Prompts will be provided for those who desire them, and short, supplementary recommended readings will be available via PDF.
While I am the facilitator of these workshops, it is important to note that I aim to create a non-hierarchical space in which to write and share that writing. Part and parcel of this approach is that dehumanizing language of any kind is strictly forbidden.
Workshops operate on a sliding scale payment option of $150-250 for each seven-week workshop session. A deposit of $50 is needed to reserve a spot in a course, and is applied toward total payment. Alternately, the total cost of the course can be paid up front.
Payment plans available— please ask about options in your introductory email. Otherwise, payment in full is due by the start of the first workshop session.
In the case of withdrawal or the need to drop the course, classes will be prorated minus a $25 processing fee.
How to Enroll
To enroll in a workshop, email meltingglaciers [at] gmail.com, remembering to note the workshop session in which you are interested. I will then send you information about where to direct payment as well as a questionnaire.
About Your Facilitator
Ted Rees is the author of Thanksgiving: a Poem (Golias Books 2020) and In Brazen Fontanelle Aflame (Timeless, Infinite Light 2018). He is also the author of numerous essays, some of which can be found on the Other Writings page.
Ted has facilitated numerous workshops at Temple University as well as Philadelphia’s Blue Stoop writing community, and has also led craft sessions at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House. He was on the editorial board for Timeless, Infinite Light from 2015- 2017, and became Editor-at-Large for The Elephants in 2018. Currently, he co-edits Asterion Projects with Levi Bentley, and is collaborating on editorial projects with David Buuck as well as Brandon Brown.
About the Name
The name of Overflowing Poetry Workshops arrives from a quote by French poet-scholar Jean-Luc Nancy in his collaboration with Virginie Lalucq, Fortino Samano: The Overflowing of the Poem.
“Why are there poets? Useless to add at such times of so much anguish. It goes without saying: the why of poets is to lament (not to question) anguish itself. They tell us why and what for, for what reason and to what end language neutralizes itself and is absorbed, slipping away, overflowing. Language evades its office, namely to make things seem so much like things and the world so much like a world, and we suffer when they do not seem like themselves.
But poets also tell us that it gets this way because there is no such thing as so much like that, not for things, not for the world. That is where language wounds us: the thing so much like a thing has instantly become something else.”
– Jean-Luc Nancy (trans. Gallais & Hogue)
As there are multiplicities of poetries and approaches to the poem, these workshops begin from Nancy’s suggestion that poets assist in sensing language’s “overflowing” characteristics.